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Paphos gains four new entries on cultural heritage list

Characteristic designs of Phyti weaving


PAPHOS has secured four new listings on the national list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is under the Cyprus national commission for Unesco and the government cultural services.

Seven new Cyprus entries on the list have been announced and four of them refer to Paphos, according to Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, head of the Paphos regional board of tourism.

“Through this process, Paphos is contributing to preserving culture and at the same time promoting it from generation to generation,” he said.

‘Phythkiotiko’ weaving, the customs of traditional Cypriot weddings in Paphos, shadow theatre and basketry, predominately in Mesoyi village, are now included on the list of national intangible cultural heritage, he said.

The term ‘intangible cultural heritage’ refers to traditions or living expressions inherited from ancestors and passed on through the generations, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

“The shadow theatre is a very old technique using puppets and the grandson of master puppeteer Christodolous Pafios (1904-1987) from Chlorakas is carrying on this tradition,” said Hadjigeorgiou. “His proposal was also supported by a foundation.”

Hadjigeorgiou said the tourism board contributed to the proposal of ‘Phythkiotiko’ weaving named after the village of Phyti which is famous for its colourful geometric patterns made on natural coloured cotton cloth.

“We want to thank all those that contributed to this successful proposal, especially Phyti community council, the Laona Foundation and the weavers and residents of Phyti. We are very happy that these four elements of our heritage are included, and it helps to enhance Paphos as an authentic destination for customs and traditions.”









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